THIS WEEK AT IMMANUEL
- 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
- 10:30 am—Parent Sunday School Meeting
- 6:00 pm—Youth Group Event
- 3:30 pm—Individual Confession & Absolution
- 5:30 pm—Divine Service with Holy Communion
- 9:00 am—Divine Service with Holy Communion
- 10:30 am—Bible Class
- 2:30 pm—Tuscola Healthcare Worship Service
- 6:30 pm—Ladies Bunco Night
IN OUR PRAYERS
HEALTH CONCERNS: Bernita Ashwill; Connie Bruns (cousin of Mary Appleby); Lynn Corrie (friend of Arleigh Jones); Ellie Crawford (daughter of Laran Crawford); Lisa Hall (sister of Holly Wikoff); Rick Hardesty (family of the Hoels); Kim Hausman (friend of Ann Carroll); Deanna Henningsen (sister-in-law of Jerry & Joyce Alexander); Reuben Hostetler; Glenda Klim (sister-in-law of Irence Wattjes); Kurt McDaniel (friend of Joan Vukelich); Joan Rahn; Emma Silver; Ocil Slone (grandfather of Josh & Jake Dyer); Carolyn Stremming (sister-in-law of Arleigh Jones); Doris Threet (sister of Wanda Long); Irene Wattjes; Darrell Wattjes (son of Irene Wattjes); Lynn & Jane Whitson (parents of Mark Whitson); Brett Willoughby (friend of Matthew Waldrop).
DEATHS: Barb McElroy (friend of Sue Rothe)
SEMINARY STUDENT: Gunnar Campbell, Preus Hasselbrook
DEACONESS STUDENT: Elizabeth Fodor.
MISSIONARIES: The Jastram Family; The McDermott Family, Julie Lutz
HOMEBOUND: Bernita Ashwill; Leona Czerwonka; Janet Pollock; Ruth Sims; Glen Stumeier; Irene Wattjes.
MILITARY: Carl Crawford; Josh Dyer; Jeremy Gordon; Jack Leonard; Jake Lindgren; Raymond Longtin; Joey Pollock; Blake Stokes; Scott Walter.
NEXT WEEK’S READINGS . . . Isaiah 29:17–24; 2 Corinthians 3:4–11; Mark 7:31–37.
ABOUT THIS WEEK’S READINGS . . . “And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard” (Gen. 4:1–15). For unlike Abel, Cain’s offering did not proceed from a heart that revered and trusted in the Lord. Thus, the lowly tax collector who prayed, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” was the one who went down to his house justified before God, not the respectable, outwardly righteous Pharisee who trusted in himself and his own good living (Luke 18:9–14). “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:1–10). The one who penitently despairs of his own righteousness and relies completely on the atoning mercy of God in Christ is the one who is declared righteous. For Christ died for our sins and rose again the third day (1 Cor. 15:1–10). Therefore, “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
THOUGHTS ABOUT STEWARDSHIP . . . Luke 18:11-12 “The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’” The Pharisees got so much right and so much wrong. It’s a good thing for this Pharisee to be faithful to his wife and faithful in his giving to the Lord’s work, but none of it is of any avail if it proceeds from a prideful heart!
THE ALTAR FLOWERS . . . are given by Tom & Nancy Hawkins to the glory of God in memory of John & Betty Alexander and Thomas Hawkins, Sr., and in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.
PARENT MEETING FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL . . . will be on Sunday, August 28, following the Divine Service during the Bible Class hour. This is a time to register your child for Sunday School, hear about what will be studied and how you can aid their learning, and get other helpful information.
FIRST DAY OF SUNDAY SCHOOL . . . is Sunday, September 11. The opening begins at 10:20 am in the Sanctuary. Music will be in the choir loft. And then classes in the Sunday School classrooms.
CID GOLF FUNDRAISER . . . the Lutheran Legacy Foundation is hosting a golf scramble at Hickory Point in Forsyth, Illinois, on Friday, September 23. The fee is $65.00 with any further donations going directly to Camp CILCA and CILCA Endowment Fund. You may email your registration to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HELP-A-CHILD FUND . . . The jug to collect milk money for Northward will be set out since school is about to start. The Board of Mission and Evangelism has been in contact with the school about where the funds are needed most. So, the funds collected in the milk money jug will go toward the “Help-A-Child Fund” this year. Thank you for your ongoing support.
WHY? . . . Why does the pastor hold aloft the Host and Chalice and face the people for the Pax Domini, following the Words of Institution? Immediately after the Words of Institution, the celebrant turns to face the people, holding the chalice aloft in this left hand and the Host above it with this right hand, while saying, “The peace of the Lord be with you always.” This is because of the words of the risen Christ to His disciples, “Peace be with you.” These words indicate the putting away of their sins, even as the Resurrection itself demonstrates this. When the celebrant repeats these words here, while holding the elements of the Sacrament aloft, he is to make a clear connection between the eternal peace of Christ, won for us by His bodily crucifixion and the shedding of His blood, and this very same body and blood, given to us here in the Sacrament.
COLES COUNTY LUTHERANS FOR LIFE EVENT . . . Coles County Lutherans for Life will be sponsoring a community event with a speaker, Amy Gehrke, from Illinois Right to Life on September 24, 2022, 2:00 pm, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mattoon, Illinois. The purpose of the event is to provide information regarding right to life issues and concerns in light of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe vs. Wade. Any questions may be directed to Velma Price at (217) 246-2553 or Mary Ann Rennels at (217) 549-1701.
BIBLE HISTORY CLASS . . . will resume on Wednesday, September 7, 7:00 pm.
ADULT INFORMATION CLASS . . . will begin on Sunday, September 11, 4:00 pm. If you know anyone who would like to learn more about what we believe, teach, and confess as Lutherans, please invite them to this class. And join them in taking it. It’s a great refresher.
YOUTH GROUP EVENT . . . this weekend will be an outdoor activity. So, dress in gym shoes and outside clothing.
THE SEPTEMBER CALENDAR . . . with birthdays and anniversaries is available on the table across from members’ mailboxes.
SERVICES ONLINE . . . This video option will continue to be made available until our usual service times resume. You can access these online services in three places:
- On Immanuel’s Facebook page
- On Immanuel’s Website under the Sermons tab
- On Immanuel’s YouTube channel